Two different concepts from recent philosophical discourse:
-“Minor” literature (Deleuze & Guattari)
How can these concepts help us understand the artistic and tactical value of projects that actively defy categorization, as intermedia does?
Write a lucid essay of 500 words using the concepts above and their presentation by Deleuze and Guattari, and/or Butler, to address one of the projects we have encountered in class. You may focus on either the “minor” or performativity or you may attempt to articulate them together. Your paper should have two parts: an analysis of the concept and its discussion in the text you read; the application of your analysis and/or the concept to one of the following works:
Guillermo Gomez-peña, Academia (2014; 4min.)
Alison Knowles, Make a Salas (1962; 2012; 3min.)
Rashaad Newsome, Shade Composition (2012; 27 min.)
Martha Rosler, Vital Statistics of a Citizen, Simply Obtained (1977; 39 min.)
You will have to draw on your visual memory and your notes from our viewing; with careful searching you can also find recordings of these pieces online.